Oxford University Press was criticized by the Enid Blyton Society after they encouraged parents to read modern literature with their children.

According to the group, new novels must be read along with old classics in order for children to understand history and sociology.

The old literature helps people understand the past and how it shaped their present, according to the author.

It comes after Oxford University Press told parents they should ‘be more adventurous’ and pick up books on topics such as diversity and homelessness.

The major publisher told them to ‘broaden the types of books’ they pick at story time ‘to prompt questions and build greater understanding of global issues’.

This was in line with OUP’s new research which found that 63 percent of UK parents would prefer their children to be read books they loved as children.

The Enid Blyton Society has hit back at Oxford University Press after it urged parents to read their children 'woke' modern books. Pictured: The author

After Oxford University Press urged parents not to give their children modern fiction, the Enid Blyton Society reacted strongly. Photo: Author

The group warned new novels should be read alongside classics rather than replace them so youngsters learn about history, sociology and language

They recommended that new books be read in conjunction with classics, rather than replacing them. This would allow children to learn more about language and history.

It comes after Oxford University Press told parents they should 'be more adventurous' and pick up books on topics such as diversity and homelessness

After Oxford University Press suggested to parents that they be more adventurous and get books on subjects such as homelessness and diversity, this is what happened.

MailOnline was told by Anita Bensoussane that she is the society administrator at the Enid Blyton Society. She said: “It’s important for young readers understand how past shapes the present and how future will shape it.

Children can ‘experience the past’ by reading older literature or having it read aloud to them.

“This is because their minds are open and engaged. They learn about sociology, history, language and more while telling a good story.

She stated that modern books must be read, but not as a replacement for classics like Blyton’s Famous Five.

She said, “Why limit children’s ability to read older texts when they still appeal and inspire?”

“Providing both classic and new books will ensure a rich and rewarding reading experience, which is educational and stimulating as well as enjoyable.

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OUP urges parents to encourage their children to read more books at story time, ‘to stimulate questions and develop a greater understanding of international issues.

Parents named Roald Dahl as the author of Matilda, James And The Giant Peach, when asked what book or author they enjoyed most reading to their kids.

Stories from Enid Blyton, such as Noddy and The Famous Five, and Beatrix Potter, who created Peter Rabbit and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, also proved popular.

Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi longstocking was a favorite. Julia Donaldson and Michael Morpurgo were also popular choices.

Nearly 40% of parents (37%) said they don’t know how to locate the latest books. Over half preferred to reread books with their child.

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Parents are not the only ones who want to stay with what is familiar.

Nearly six out of ten (56%) said that their children prefer them to read the same book at storytime.

OUP put together a list of books it recommends to help children learn about ‘wider society’.

There are two: Jodie Lancet Grant’s The Pirate Mums (about a boy whose mother is a pirate) and Tim Allman’s Max Takes A Stand (about a child who wants to save Earth).

Bear Shaped By Dawn Coulter–Cruttenden aims to educate children about losing, while Jon Burgerman’s Everybody Worries provides support during the coronavirus crisis.

OUP CEO Nigel Portwood stated that while it is “wonderful that classics are still popular among families”, he also said that reading was a valuable tool to help children understand and deal with’societal problems’.